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FA Cup: Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

Olivier Giroud struck twice as FA Cup holders Arsenal beat Middlesbrough at the Emirates Stadium to book their place in the quarter-finals.

The Gunners avoided going the same way as Manchester City had in round four against the Sky Bet Championship promotion-chasers with two first-half goals from the France forward in the space of as many minutes.

Giroud – out for three months earlier in the season with a broken fibula – blasted the ball past Boro keeper Tomas Mejias from close range on 27 minutes and before the visitors could recover, the forward sweetly volleyed home a corner.

Boro, who had been unbeaten in their last 10, worked hard enough, but never really stretched the Arsenal defence and have more important targets ahead over the closing weeks of the campaign in their bid to return to the elite.

Arsene Wenger’s side, meanwhile, looked to have found form again just at the right time ahead of a crucial run of games, which sees them take on Monaco for a place in the last eight of the Champions League.

Arsenal set the tone with a positive start as Santi Cazorla tested Mejias with a curling 25-yard free-kick which almost crept inside the right-hand post.

Left-back Kieran Gibbs, one of several fringe players handed a chance to impress, was inches away from connecting with another slide-rule pass into the Boro penalty area as the home side remained on the offensive.

Giroud had Mejias scrambling across his goal again on 14 minutes to acrobatically palm a curling shot away, with Alexis Sanchez, who had been a doubt because of a knee problem, putting the rebound into the side netting from the tightest of angles.

Boro, though, continued to defend resolutely, while also starting to offer a threat on the counter themselves.

Arsenal finally made their possession count on 27 minutes.

Cazorla, who had been running the game from a deep central role, picked out the overlapping Gibbs, who played a first-time pass into the six-yard box.

Giroud timed his run perfectly to blast the ball off the keeper and into the net.

Before the Championship side could recover, it was 2-0.

As everybody waited on the edge of the penalty area, Sanchez played a quick corner in from the left, which Giroud ran onto ahead of George Friend to volley past Mejias at the near post for his 10th goal of the season.

Boro were in danger of being overrun, as Adam Clayton made a goalline clearance after Sanchez almost finished off another sweeping Arsenal attack from Mesut Ozil’s through-ball.

When the Championship side were able to temporarily relieve the pressure, Albert Adomah’s 25-yard pot-shot was straight at Wojciech Szczesny, the Pole returning to the side in place of David Ospina.

Arsenal, who had laboured to a Premier League win over bottom club Leicester here in midweek, remained on the offensive in the second half.

Danny Welbeck’s angled chip dropped across the face of goal after more clever play from Giroud down the right.

Gabriel, making his debut, collected a first caution in English football when the former Villarreal defender clattered into Adam Reach as the Boro substitute broke quickly down the left.

As the hour mark passed, Mejias turned a rising drive from Gibbs over and then somehow got down to brilliantly tip away a glanced header from Sanchez as the ball looked to be dropping into the far corner.

Boro, though, still fancied their chances of getting back into the tie and Gabriel had to make a couple of important clearances.

It was almost 3-0 when Kenneth Omeruo blocked a bullet header from substitute Theo Walcott on the line, the England forward then denied by a save from Mejias after bursting clear down the right.

In stoppage time, a far-post header from Kike came back off the post, denying Boro’s superb 5,000-strong travelling support a late consolation.

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FA Cup: Man City 0-2 Middlesbrough

Manchester City stunned by Middlesbrough in FA Cup shock

Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford and Kike struck in the second half as Championship side Middlesbrough produced a shock 2-0 win over Premier League champions Manchester City in the FA Cup.

England Under-21 international Bamford pounced on a defensive misunderstanding early in the second half and substitute Kike settled a thrilling fourth-round tie in injury time at the Etihad Stadium.

City dominated the first half but were denied repeatedly by Boro’s former Real Madrid goalkeeper Tomas Mejias and their luck seemed out when Frank Lampard’s deflected 89th-minute shot hit the post.

Had that gone in they might have snatched a replay but Kike stunned them in the closing moments.

Boro deserved their success for their resilience in defence and incisiveness up front, with the excellent Lee Tomlin also hitting the woodwork.

But the result will also raise further questions of the wisdom of City’s decision to travel to Abu Dhabi for a five-day warm-weather training camp in the build-up to the game.

After last week’s loss to Arsenal, Manuel Pellegrini’s men have hit an untimely slump and next week’s trip to title rivals Chelsea takes on critical importance.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini had fielded a strong side and they looked bright early on, showing no signs of weariness after their travels.

Boro also started well and Tomlin headed the ball into the net early on but the flag had long been raised for offisde.

It took some time for City create any meaningful chances but a couple of dangerous runs from Sergio Aguero suggested they were keen to take a grip of the game.

They moved up a gear as David Silva had a shot blocked and Aguero latched onto a good ball from James Milner and beat two defenders before slamming a shot into the side-netting.

Milner then shook off the attention of Adam Clayton to deliver a menacing cross from the right and Aleksandar Kolarov and Stevan Jovetic both tested Mejias in quick succession.

Silva and Milner also shot at Mejias before combining at a corner to create a glorious chance for Dedryck Boyata but the defender miscued his first attempt and blasted his second over.

Milner then brought a superb full-length save out of Mejias with a low drive and Silva also extended his fellow Spaniard when his long-range effort took a deflection and almost crept inside the post.

The keeper then produced an even better save to beat away a piledriver from Jovetic after Silva had narrowly failed to get a connection to a Jesus Navas cross.

The bombardment looked set to continue in the second half as Kolarov had a free-kick deflected narrowly wide and Mejias was again called into action to keep out a Jovetic header.

But Boro took great confidence from their defensive strength and began to play more expanisvely.

They started to push forward and Vincent Kompany was booked for a rash foul on Jelle Vossen.

That indicated to Boro that they could ruffle their hosts and so it again proved as they took the lead after 53 minutes following some shambolic defending by City.

Fernando sold Willy Caballero short with an under-hit backpass and Albert Adomah seized the opportunity, knocking the keeper over in a fair challenge to win the ball and slipping it towards goal. Bamford ran in to finish off.

Aguero went down in the area under a challenge from Clayton but nothing was given by referee Phil Dowd and Middlesbrough maintained the pressure and threatened a second.

Adomah went through but failed to beat Caballero before Lee Tomlin produced a wonderful turn on the edge of the box only to shoot agonisingly against the post.

City tried to disrupt Middlesbrough’s ryhthm by sending on Frank Lampard and Fernandinho but they got little joy as they approached the visitors’ well-guarded goal.

Clayton cut out a hopeful ball from Kolarov and George Friend blocked Aguero.

Boro countered and Caballero did well to push away a fine volleyed effort from Vossen as he latched onto Adomah’s deep cross.

City kept pushing and almost scored when Lampard’s late effort took a deflection and looped onto the post.

Boro made the most of the reprieve and Kike sparked jubilant celebrations as he raced through from a Bamford pass and calmly beat Caballero.

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Championship: Middlesbrough 2-0 Derby

Rampant Middlesbrough go top of the Championship at the expense of 10-man Derby County.

Ex-Derby loanee Bamford sidefooted in Adam Reach’s cross after six minutes and was brought down by Ryan Shotton for a second-half penalty.

Shotton was dismissed before Leadbitter converted from the spot.

Banned Boro boss Aitor Karanka watched from the stands but it made little difference to the impressive victors.

Derby, leaders at kick-off, were looking for only their second win at the Riverside this century.

But it was the hosts who made the perfect start when Chelsea starlet Bamford tucked away Reach’s pass from seven yards.

It was the promising 21-year-old’s sixth goal in seven games for Middlesbrough, with whom he wants to remain beyond the expiry of his loan deal in January.

Bamford, who would later depart to a standing ovation, came close to doubling the lead after collecting a Leadbitter through ball but was denied by Derby keeper Lee Grant, who completed a superb double save by palming away Jelle Vossen’s rebound effort.

Jeff Hendrick wasted a rare first-half Derby chance, curling tamely at Dimitrios Konstantopoulos after a poor clearance by the Boro keeper.

McClaren made two changes at the break, with Omar Mascarell and Simon Dawkins replaced by Jordan Ibe and Leon Best.

But it failed to stifle the home side’s dominance and the former Middlesbrough boss made his final change on the hour, replacing Hendrick with Will Hughes.

However, moments later things went from bad to worse for Derby when Shotton tripped Bamford in the area and saw red.

The lively Leadbitter thrashed the spot-kick low into Grant’s net to ensure Boro, albeit temporarily, lead the Championship for the first time in two years.

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Championship: Middlesbrough 0-0 Bournemouth

Bournemouth failed to extend their winning run to seven as they were held by fellow Championship high-fliers Middlesbrough at the Riverside.

Both sides had the chance to go into the international break at the division’s summit with a win but the draw leaves Derby top by a point.

Boro’s Adam Reach went closest to scoring when his 20-yard first-half drive smacked the crossbar.

Matt Ritchie had a fierce volley tipped over for the visitors.

On this evidence both sides will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season, with entertaining, attractive football backed up by strong defensive performances.

Eddie Howe’s Cherries, unseated at the top by Derby’s lunchtime win against Wolves, were on a run of six straight victories that led to his October manager of the month award.

However, a season’s best crowd of 22,930 at a vibrant Riverside, buoyed by the hosts’ own three-win streak, presented a lively atmosphere and the visitors initially struggled to impose themselves on a confident Teesside outfit.

Boro possessed the best defensive record in the division before kick-off and it showed as the division’s player of the month Callum Wilson was kept quiet, while their fluid forward line troubled the visitors.

Reach’s clean strike rattled the Bournemouth crossbar and Lee Tomlin’s footwork and skill twice put him in good positions but the finish was lacking.

At the other end Wilson’s cross was acrobatically bicycle-kicked straight at Dimi Konstantopoulos by Ritchie, who was again foiled when the Greek palmed a venomous volley over the top.

The stalemate scoreline belied the quality of the football and the second period was equally open as both sides pushed for a breakthrough.

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League Cup: Liverpool 2-2 Middlesbrough

Liverpool won a record-equalling penalty shootout 14-13 to progress to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup at Middlesbrough’s expense.

After the match ended 2-2, it took 30 penalties before Boro winger Albert Adomah missed to send the Reds through.

Liverpool had taken the lead through debutant Jordan Rossiter but Boro equalised when Adam Reach headed in.

In extra-time, Suso drilled home for the Reds but Patrick Bamford’s last-minute penalty forced a shootout.

Then came the real drama as the joint-highest scoring spot-kick contest in English professional football unfolded in front of a barely believing Kop.

Simon Mignolet saved Boro’s first penalty from Bamford only for Raheem Sterling to miss Liverpool’s fifth and send the shootout to sudden death.

Amazingly, the next 20 penalties were all scored as player after player from each side – including both goalkeepers – handled the pressure with aplomb, with several scoring twice.

But when Adomah pushed his kick wide, Liverpool could finally celebrate victory.

The result will relieve Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, whose side have lost three of their first five league matches and face Everton in the Merseyside derby on Saturday.

Boro, in contrast, will be devastated to have come so close to recording their first win at Anfield since 1976 after more than matching the Reds over 120 minutes of a pulsating cup tie.

With captain Steven Gerrard rested, 17-year-old academy product Rossiter was given his debut at the base of the Reds midfield, and he only took 10 minutes to make his mark.

After a long ball caused chaos in the Boro defence, debutant goalkeeper Jamal Blackman saved sharply from Rickie Lambert. But the ball fell kindly to Rossiter, who swept a low shot past Blackman’s flailing legs before wheeling away in delight.

Boro scored a deserved equaliser on the hour after Mamadou Sakho was penalised for handling a cross.

Grant Leadbitter’s free-kick from the right flank eluded the Liverpool defence and invited Reach to apply the headed finish from inside the six-yard box.

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Championship: Middlesbrough 2-0 Birmingham

Former Liverpool defender Daniel Ayala’s goal helped earn Middlesbrough victory as Birmingham’s Championship campaign started with defeat.

The Spanish defender, 23, put Boro ahead after nodding home Grant Leadbitter’s first-half corner.

Demarai Gray went closest for Birmingham, the 18-year-old clipping a 30-yard free-kick narrowly over.

But Boro’s Enrique Garcia sealed the points from 10 yards after Lee Tomlin’s deflected shot fell into his path.

This was a solid start for Middlesbrough’s Spanish boss Aitor Karanka.

The 40-year-old, appointed last November, has strengthened his side since seeing them finish last season with six wins from the final eight league games.

Nine of Birmingham’s 11 league wins last season had come on the road but they found no joy on Teesside once Ayala had out-jumped the visitors defence in the 33rd minute to open the scoring.

Within one minute of kick-off, England Under-21 international defender Ben Gibson came off because of injury, but this failed to disrupt Boro.

They continued to press forward and almost doubled their advantage when Albert Adomah fired straight at the onrushing keeper Darren Randolph just after half-time.

Randolph came to his side’s rescue again, parrying George Friend’s header wide before Garcia – nicknamed ‘Kike’ – doubled the lead in the 67th minute.

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